For Agape Meal. This one is my pride and joy that won a local contest, but I cannot claim authorship. My contribution was a very small change (use of Mozzarella pearls as a substitute for Bocconcini)
Hot Sausage Pasta Puttanesca with Bocconcini
olive oil 2 tablespoons
hot Italian sausage, ground or removed from casings 1 pound
yellow onion, diced 1 large
garlic, minced (6 cloves or 6 teaspoons mince
Anchovies (4 whole or 2 teaspoons)
Italian seasoning (dried herb mix) 1 tablespoon
Red pepper flakes (have some also on the side) 1/4 teaspoon
Crushed tomatoes, can 1 (28 oz)
Capers, drained 2 tablespoons
Pitted olives, chopped (Calamata) 1 cup
sea salt and fresh black pepper To taste
Pasta (linquine, spaghetti, farfalle, etc.) 1 pound
fresh basil, chopped 1/4 cup
parsley, chopped 1/4 cup
Bocconcini, sliced in half, or Pearl Mozzarella, whole 8 ounces
Parmesan cheese, grated for serving To taste
1. In a large, deep-sided skillet heat two tablespoons olive oil over medium heat; add sausage, onion, garlic, anchovies, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Break apart the sausage as it cooks into bite-size pieces.
2. When sausage is browned add tomatoes, capers and olives. Simmer for 25-30 minutes.
3. Cook pasta according to package directions in plenty of salted water to just before al dente. Set aside separate from the sauce, sprinkling a bit of olive oil and keep covered.
4. Just before serving, toss pasta, half of the fresh herbs and sauce in the simmering sauce until pasta is al dente. Taste and, if needed, season lightly with salt and pepper
5. Take off heat, mix remaining fresh herbs and Bocconcini / Mozzarella Pearls into sauce, toss and serve with hot pepper flakes and grated parmesan on the side.
NOTE: You may want to cut the parsley and double up on the basil. It really makes a difference if you add the herb and Mozzarella just before you serve. The Mozzarella should be warm but not runny--you want that bit of cheese to pop in your mouth. same thing with the herbs, especially the basil. As for the parmesan, if you can afford it, use the real deal and grate it at the table.